October 22, 2020
In a time of uncertainty, with only sporadic opportunities existing for live music, the local artistic community has been forced to come up with creative platforms to showcase their talents. HipStory has been leading the way, putting together monthly virtual concerts that give a well-promoted space for popular local artists to perform in front of at home audiences. Not only serving as a community concert program, HipStory has made a commitment to supporting national and local justice-based organizations and non-profits with their ticket revenues, for which they utilize a “Pay What You Can” ticket price. Recent past events have raised considerable amounts of money for the Mass Bail Fund, the Boston Music Maker Fund, City Life/Vida Urbana, and the Nan Project.
This month’s edition, scheduled for October 31st from 7-9 pm, features three performers: future soul duo Optic Bloom, R&B/soul musician Dom Jones, and hip-hop performer Anson Rap$.
Optic Bloom: A rapper-producer duo comprised of Flower Thief and Dephrase, Optic Bloom employs vulnerable lyrics, experimental sounds from electronics and nature, and a style that stretches beyond conventional genres. Their debut album, Space Garden was released this summer, supported by three singles and features from Oompa, Tim Hall, Cliff Notez, and Latrell James. They were recently nominated for four Boston Music Awards, for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Dance/Electronic Artist of the Year, and Vocalist of the Year.
Dom Jones: Oakland native and Berklee alumni, Dom Jones is a songwriter and soulful vocalist who uses her music as both a vehicle to transform the spirit and a voice for social justice. She has released two singles this year, “Crazytown” and the latest “Sayin’ Nothin’,” which she put out on Juneteenth this summer. It’s an anthem and call to action that combines a tightly arranged R&B track featuring a live band with lyrics that speak to the ongoing struggle for racial justice in America: “We’re dying but ain’t nobody sayin’ nothin’.”
Anson Rap$ : Both a rapper and visual artist who combines all his diverse talents into his artistry, Anson Rap$ has a poetic flow and an eye for dramatic imagery. He was featured on both Oompa’s and Cliff Notez’s albums from 2019 with standout verses on “Feel Like Cole” and “Black Incredible.” His catalog includes striking emotional tracks such as “MVMNT” and “Let it Go.”
—Shane Dylan @shanedylan_